Sunday, July 17, 2011

Georgia Po-Boy

Our esteemed Lord Magna hails from the south, and once I had the opportunity to visit him in Georgia.  When I got to Atlanta, I discovered that Peach Tree was the name of every street I came across.  It was truly unreal - Peach Tree Road, and Lane, and Circle, and so on.  Navigating must be difficult there. 

The city's obsession with peaches serves as the inspiration for today's recipe.  The Georgia Po-Boy combines sweet and salty in perfect combination.  This sandwich is best served with french fries or potato salad.

1/3 cup melted butter.
1 lemon.
1 clove garlic.
1/4 tsp. salt.
1/4 tsp. black pepper.
6 miniature baguettes or 2 8oz. baguettes cut in thirds and split lengthwise.
1-1/2 tsp.  Cajun seasoning.
1-1/2 lb.  medium shrimp (36-40), peeled and deveined.
1 large jalapeno, thinly sliced.
3 peaches, halved and sliced.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. course ground black pepper
6 slices of bacon, crisp-cooked and broken into small pieces.

In a medium bowl stir together the butter, juice from half the lemon, garlic, salt, and the regular black pepper.  Cut remaining lemon into wedges for serving, set aside.

Lightly brush some of the butter mixture on cut sides of bread; set aside.  Stir 1 tsp. of Cajun seasoning into remaining butter mixture.  Add shrimp and jalapeno; toss into coat.  Place shrimp in a large grill tray or grill wok.

Pace grill tray on grill rack directly over coals for 10-15 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, tossing occasionally.  Add baguettes to grill rack, cut sides down, in batches and grill for about 2 minutes or until toasted.  If using gas grill, reduce grill to medium heat and grill as above.

Sprinkle sliced peaches with 1/2 tsp.Cajun seasoning.  Gently fold peaches into hot shrimp mixture.  In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and course black pepper. To serve, spread a little black pepper mayonnaise on the cut side of the top half of the baguette pieces .  Pile shrimp mixture on the bottom half.  Serve with lemon wedges.  Serves 6.

The editor has taken a break from his hamburger quest to bring you this fine Po Boy.  As the bard Douglas Adams said "Share and Enjoy."

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